Will of James Brown

Contributed by Susan Hoppe
State of Illinois County Court
Pike County, May Term 1852

"And now came Abner Clemnts, and presented and filed the last will and Testament of James Brown late of the County of Pike and State of Illinois dec'd and proved the same according to law by the oath of David R Rogers and Zenus Hadley and it appearing by said will that Isaac Brown and Abner Clements were appointed executors of said will and it appearing to the court that the said Isaac Brown is not within this State it is therefore ordered by the Court that letters testamentary be granted to the said Abner Clements upon his filing his approved bond in this office in the paid sum of One thousand dollars and that said will be spread upon the records of this court.

State of Illinois
Pike County

I John I Collard Clerk of the County Court within and for said County do certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the last will and testament of James Brown dec'd and probate thereof as recorded in this office.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said court of Pittsfield this 21st day of May A D 1852.

Signed John I Collard, Clerk

The handwritten will:

I James Brown of the county of Pike and state of Illinois do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say first it is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.

Second I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Nancy Brown in lieu of her dower the farm that I know live on that is three hundred acres of the North half of section N/2 one in town ship six south of the base line at Range five west of the 4th principal Merridian to her during her natural life or during her widow hood then to the Heirs of the said James Brown I further more give devise and bequeath to my wife Nancy Brown all the personal Estate that I have to use and do as she choses with during her natural life or remains my widow then to my heirs I constitute and appoint my son Isaac Brown and Abner Clemmons the Executors for this my last will and testament. In testimony many where of I have here out set my hand and sell this fourth day of March in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two.

James X Brown
(his mark)

signed and declared by the above named James Brown and for his last will and testament in presents who at this request have signed as witnesses to the same
D. R. Rogers
Zenus X Hadley
(his mark)